The Art of Arranging Flowers

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Berkley Books, 2014 - FICTION - 311 pages
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Ruby Jewell knows flowers. In her twenty years as a florist she has stood behind the counter at the Flower Shoppe with her faithful dog, Clementine, resting at her feet. A customer can walk in, and with just a glance or a few words, Ruby can throw together the perfect arrangement for any occasion.

Whether intended to rekindle a romance, mark a celebration, offer sympathy, or heal a broken heart, her expressive floral designs mark the moments and milestones in the lives of her neighbors. It's as though she knows just what they want to say, just what they need.

Yet Ruby's own heart's desires have gone ignored since the death of her beloved sister. It will take an invitation from a man who's flown to the moon, the arrival of a unique little boy, and concern from a charming veterinarian to reawaken her wounded spirit. Any life can be derailed, but the healing power of community can put it right again.

Praise for The Art of Arranging Flowers

'A beautiful novel filled with tender wisdom and unforgettable characters.' Luanne Rice

'I devoted this book. There is art and beauty in this story that will linger after the final scene.' Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Timesbestselling author of Rose Harbor in Bloomand Starry Night

'An expertly penned and tender tale about the blossoming of hearts amidst the storms of loss and grief.' Richard Paul Evans, #1 New York Timesand USA Todaybestselling author

'Captured my heart on the first page . . .A beautiful novel filled with tender wisdom and unforgettable characters who understand love, loss, and the alchemy of just the right flowers.' Luanne Rice, New York Timesbestselling author of The Lemon Orchard

'A beautifully wrought story about friendship and the redeeming power of love. Branard's writing is a joy to read, each character and each word as carefully placed as a flower in a bouquet.' Karen White, New York Timesbestselling author of A Long Time Gone

'A masterful storyteller who understands the human heart and all its trials, tribulations, and joys.' Darien Gee, international bestselling author of The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society

'A fare blossom of a book, delicate and lovely, that will stay fresh in my memory for a long time to come.' Marie Bostwick, author of Between Heaven and Texas

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User Review  - musichick52 - LibraryThing

Ruby has an uncanny ability to create floral masterpieces that specifically tailor to the personality and likes of the recipient. She has sworn off love due to her past experiences. Put together small ... Read full review

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User Review  - tess_schoolmarm - LibraryThing

The Art of Arranging Flowers was a novel about Ruby Jewell, a florist for 20 years in a small western town. Ruby had known grief in her life: an alcoholic mother, a father who left, and the death of ... Read full review

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About the author (2014)

Lynne Branard is a pseudonym for New York Times bestselling author Lynne Hinton. She has written more than a dozen books, including Friendship Cake, Pie Town, and Welcome Back to Pie Town.

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